The Latest in Spectacle Lens Technology
"Collins Street Optometrists is able to offer our patients an exceptional range of high quality lens designs from a wide variety of suppliers."
Being independent, Collins Street Optometrists is able to offer our patients an exceptional range of high quality lens designs from a wide variety of suppliers. Not all spectacle lenses are made the same, and often there are a number of different solutions and approaches for more complex state-of-the-art lenses such as multifocal and high-index lenses.
Our experienced dispensers will be able to recommend the appropriate lenses for you, taking into consideration factors such as the visual tasks you are required to do, your prescription and your budget. Often choosing the right design of lens is just as important as the choice of frame in making your glasses look and function as best as possible.
Although we frequently use and recommend Hoya and Shamir lenses, we deal with all lens manufacturers and can access any brand of your choosing. By virtue of our CBD location we are often able to make up spectacles with relatively simple designs and prescriptions within a matter of hours if required.
Special features for spectacle lenses
There are a number of ways of making your spectacle lenses thinner, lighter, more adaptable, and of superior optical quality. Our experienced optical dispensers will advise which of these are appropriate for you. These include:
- Anti-reflective lens coatings, which provide clearer vision, especially at night time (for example when driving), and are ideal for computer work as they reduce the glare reflected off the lens surfaces; as a bonus they make your lenses less visible
- High index lens materials, optically dense materials that make them significantly thinner, lighter and stronger than conventional lens materials - and block harmful UV light to boot!
- Aspheric lens designs, which like high index materials not only enable lenses to be made thinner and lighter, but also flatter which further enhances their appearance but more importantly improves optical performance by reducing peripheral distortions
- Transitions lenses, also known as photochromic lenses, that automatically darken when exposed to UV light; successive generations of Transitions lenses have increased the speed at which they lighten and darken